LABOR OF LOVE
Camp Maple Dell is a wonderful camp that provides great scouting opportunities to many Boy Scouts each summer. The lake at the camp has been used for swimming, canoeing, and the ever beloved boat wars at the end of the week. However, over the last few years the lake was overtaken by “cat tails” and part of the lake became useless, full of snakes, and other unsafe conditions. And now for a little history. Initially, the lake was created by W.W. Clyde by pushing the dirt out of its place with bulldozers in the 1950’s. After roughly 20 years, Dale Barney, was asked to dredge out the lake in 1977. Rod and Keith Barney of Barney Inc. drag-lined the lake again in 1989. (The Barney family has been running Draglines in Utah County for over 60 years.) For those that don’t know what a Dragline is, its a crane that can cast a bucket up to 150 feet away, slams down into the mud/sludge, and then is pulled towards the base filling a two yard bucket full of mud and debris. (A standard trackhoe has a 30 foot reach.)
Fastforward about 20 years and the swimming pool was removed in 2008 because it had a crack in the concrete. The lake, as mentioned above had became overrun with cat tails, and so the scouts didn’t have a clean place to swim.
Come January of 2014, Blake Barney recognized there was a need and felt the need to head up an effort to create a great place for the scouts to swim. Using the Dragline Crane and dumptrucks they removed around 7,500 yards of mud/debris. (About 500 dump trucks at 15 yards per dump truck.) For about four months, Barney, Clyde Co., Sunroc, InsideSales. com of Provo and others donated much time, money, and efforts to revamp the lake. Sunroc donated sand and rock to make a nice beach, using filter fabric to help prevent unwanted vegatation. Inside Sales purchased a nice dock and water toys for the scouts to play on as well as a ropes course.
Serve Daily would like to THANK ALL of the many community volunteers and companies that through the kindness of their own hearts chose to do something about the condition at Camp Maple Dell.
Camp Maple Dell Lake over run with cat tails January 2014.
Blake Barney Draglining the lake at Maple Dell.
The lake at Camp Maple Dell after the 2014 renovations and lake draglining.